Empty Dots  Telescope, Holes on a Wall  Dimensions Variable  2015

Empty Dots is an installation using a telescope which presents an image of the universe by an optical illusion. Most astronomical telescopes turn the image of the observation upside down. The concept for direction that we arbitrarily use doesn’t apply to the universe. Therefore, the upside down image doesn’t adversely affect the observation of the universe with a telescope. Rather, a telescope provides better quality images without an erect image diagonal. Artificial or natural lights are generally positioned above objects. Accordingly, our eyes are accustomed to an environment in which lights come from above. Thus, we tend to perceive the surface of an object as convex when it is light at the top and dark at the bottom. In the opposite case, it is perceived mostly as concave.

I demonstrate some planets of the universe with the feature of the astronomical telescope and the optical illusion, as mentioned previously. When a person looks into the telescope, which is installed in a place, he can see three dimensional spheres that look like planets. After observing, if the person walks toward the object of the observation, he arrives at the white wall and discovers concave holes with the fact that the holes’ top area is dark and the bottom is bright due to the lighting above. As a result, the mysterious holes on the wall were viewed as planets when the astronomical telescope was used. For me, the project is not about questioning the substance of the universe, but it is about thinking about the universe. 'Empty' in Empty Dots indicates both a physical and emotional state.